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    34 Parenting Products You'll Totally Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    You'll wonder how you came this far in your parenting journey not even knowing these products existed.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pack of brightly colored stacking cups that'll inexplicably become your babe's fave open-ended toy. Just trust the 60,000 5-star (!!!) reviews and the many, many reviewers who have said "this is the best $4.99 I've spent on a toy."

    2. An inexpensive Pop2Play foldable indoor slide because it LITERALLY pops up in minutes to instantly turn any room into a playground when it's too cold to go to the playground. Plus, it folds down flat for easy storage once playtime's over.

    3. A pack of soothing stick-on gel pads, a must have for cold and flu season. They're sized to fit kids' foreheads and will provide cooling relief for up to eight hours. Reviewers say these alleviate discomfort and help bring down a fever.

    4. And a sleek touchless forehead thermometer with a built-in sensor that measures in seconds. Added bonus: You can take your baby's temperature while they're sleeping.

    5. A pack of silicone pouch lids that'll prevent your little ones from squeezing pouches all over themselves, and on your rugs and couches. This clever lid boasts a flow-control valve that prevents spills, but still lets them suck the purées.

    6. A leave-in conditioning spray for curly hair to help restore your little one's curls to their former glory once more! It's also free from any toxic stuff including parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

    Reviewer's before photo showing their child's curly hair before using the spray and after photo showing glossy curls with the spray

    7. A drywall repair kit that'll work like a charm to patch up holes and dents if your kids have invented a game that involves hurling toys and watching them ricochet off the walls.

    Reviewer's before and after showing a small dent in their wall, and the after photo showing how the kit fixed it with no hole

    8. A wooden puzzle equivalent to playing Tetris but in tactile form that'll ~exercise their brain~ without any screen time.

    9. A Melissa & Doug magnetic calendar because it'll teach your preschooler the days of the week, months and the weather in a hands-on, interactive way. They'll jump out of bed eagerly to update it every morning.

    10. And a Melissa & Doug Blue's Clues & You! Wooden Clock with ticking hands to help teach your child to tell time in a *practical yet exciting* way. Plus, it also comes with 25 magnets to help them identify weather, activities, feelings, and seasons.

    The pink wooden clock with a blue storage base and wooden magnets

    11. Cerave moisturizing cream parents call their "holy grail" because it works wonders to keep their kid's eczema flare-ups at bay and soothe dry, chapped winter skin. It's formulated to provide intense moisturizing protection for babies with a gentle fragrance- and paraben-free formula.

    the moisturizing cream

    12. A bug bite suction tool invented by a mom that's worth the Shark Tank hype. This ingenious device sucks out all kinds of bug bites, instantly relieving itching and swelling, so your kids aren't left scratching.

    A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it, the editor holding the suction tool and an after photo of the swelling reduced on the editor's arm.

    13. And a pack of toilet seat covers to have on hand if your potty-trained toddler loves to get their hands ALL OVER gross public restroom seats.

    Reviewer's photo showing the seat cover on a toilet

    14. A set of games for the road that'll cut down on screentime while traveling and prevent nonstop cries of "Are we there yet?"

    the car game

    15. A nonslip Montessori silicone placemat designed to enable your toddler or preschooler to develop some serious life skills through setting the table independently. It's also chemical free, eco-friendly, and dishwasher safe.

    16. A detangling brush that'll glide through knots to turn your kiddo's daily hair-brushing ordeal into a painless experience minus the *ouchies or tears* (for both of you). Just trust the 40,000+ people who gave it a 5-star review.

    17. A pack of sink extenders to save your back the strain of hoisting your little one over the sink. Not to mention they'll love the independence of washing their hands all by themselves.

    18. The Pink Stuff, a magical all-purpose cleaning paste so you don't need to go into full panic mode when lipstick (or Sharpie) marks mysteriously appear on your walls. (Good luck keeping the little Picassos out of your makeup bag though!)

    19. A Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza card game that'll have the whole family in tears from *belly laughing* so hard.

    20. A Whiskware pancake batter mixer with a BlenderBall wire whisk that'll let you whip up a batch of pancakes at lightning speed on hectic mornings — no separate mixing bowl, messy spoons, or batter-coated countertops. Simply add your ingredients, shake, and pour from the spout. Breakfast's ready 😋!

    21. A viral TikTok toothbrush holder and dispenser you'll regret not having bought sooner because it'll not only free up precious counter space but also keep your bathroom free of child-induced toothpaste messes.

    22. A pack of spill-proof Munchkin snack catchers with flexible flaps that'll allow easy access for little hands BUT prevent Cheerios from *flying everywhere*. Not having to clean your toddler's trail of snacks? These deserve a gold medal, if you ask me.

    23. A cult-favorite stain remover especially great for stubborn stains like grass, oil, or blood. You can count on this concentrated spot treatment to make messes from your kids' clothes disappear.

    24. An ingenious sandwich cutter and sealer so you can make your own Smucker's Uncrustables copycats at home without spending nearly $10 for a box. Prepare for your life to be *utterly butterly* changed.

    25. A fizzy toilet-cleaning bomb that'll make cleaning a funky-smelling kid's bathroom the least painful experience possible. Simply plop in the bowl and watch the fizzing action dissolve all the grime (bonus points if you can convince your teens to do it themselves).

    A bag and pile of soap bombs

    26. An anti-nail-biting pen because it tastes sooo awful it'll basically make your kiddos want to 🤮 at the very thought of biting their nails or sucking their thumb *ever again* (which is exactly the point).

    27. A waterproof potty training watch that exists for the sole purpose of reminding toddlers or preschoolers to use the toilet on the reg. Before you know it, they'll be excitedly yelling “potty time" when the alarm goes off. *What a time to be alive!*

    28. A canvas growth chart so you can keep track of your munchkin's height (who is growing up waayyy too fast 😢) without marking up the walls. Reviewers love that it can be rolled up and stored away as a cute keepsake.

    29. A Fridababy three-step cradle cap system for any parent looking for an all-in-one remedy. Just use the foam sponge to lather up baby's head, then loosen the flakes by massaging with the gentle bristle brush and finally lift flakes ~oh so gently~ with the fine tooth comb.

    30. A pair of kick mats so you don't have to worry about car seats being wrecked by muddy shoe prints — thanks to your future tae kwon do champs.

    A kid in a backseat of a car with their feet kicking the front seat but the cover is protecting the back of the car seat

    31. A pack of laminated math posters you can hang up on the wall to make homework visually engaging (and a lot less painful). Perfect for elementary through middle school ages.

    32. A pack of reward punch cards to provide positive reinforcement each time they clean the room or finish their homework *and* to motivate them to keep up the good work to earn a prize. A little bribery never hurt anyone...right?